5 Tips for Handling Holiday Stress
We all know that this time of year can be hectic, which is so counterintuitive to the concept of holiday cheer. Between dinner at the parents, planning the office party, and the jet lag, it's no wonder we are WIPED OUT by morning of January 1st. The key is to take care of you! Prioritize your health and well-being before you go and tackle that Christmas list. You (and your sanity) will thank us later! Take the tune ti de-stress and maybe you can actually enjoy this time of year.
Here are some tips to keep yourself restored:
Tip 1: Hydrate!
The weather outside is frightful but hydration is so delightful. Make sure you are drinking enough water to keep those lips and your skin lush. Not to mention, if you are anything like us, you will be drinking lots and eating lots of rich, indulgent food. Oh and don't let us get started on the increase of coffee intake that spikes around Thanksgiving. Just drink more water and BONUS eat healthier the rest of the time that you aren't partying your socks off at a get together and resist the leftover cookies that your co-worker brought in to share. TORTURE, I KNOW!
Tip 2: Schedule Meaningful Relationship Time
Don't let holiday stress make you Grinch out on the people you love. We know how easy hard it is to say no to all the parties and feel forced by family obligation. That's why it's so important to spend time with people that recharge you as well. That could be your best friend, your mom, or your significant other. Go see a movie or have a nice meal, any low key and low stress so that you get a break from the TO DOs of the holiday season.
Special tip for those of you in a relationship, remember that you spend more of the year with this person than you do all the other people you are with for the holidays. So remember not to bite each other's heads off when one of you forgets to wrap that present or a relative makes a well-intentioned comment about when you'll be getting married.
Tip 3: Remember what this time of year really means.
If you're spiritual, this means that this is a special time of year to reflect and give thanks for the blessings in your life. If you're not spiritual, it still can be a time of reflection, celebration, and spreading good cheer. Remembering why this time of year is special can help you focus on what's really important to you instead of freaking out that your presents haven't been delivered yet from Amazon or that your gingerbread cookies got burnt. It's hard not to get caught up but remember that your are more than the these minor setbacks.
Tip 4: Get creative!
I know that I feel so much better if I can make something or create something, in general, so why not apply it to the holidays as well? It's a great way to de-stress and take your mind off of things. Possible suggestions:
- bake something with loved ones
- DIY Christmas gifts
- start a gratitude journal (because you got to keep reminding yourself that this is one of the best times of the year)!
- make an awesome table centerpiece for the dinner party you are throwing
- try a new hot cocoa recipe. Go beyond peppermint or white chocolate!
- make an advent calendar to countdown the days before Christmas!
Tip 5: Have a relaxing morning routine!
Carve out some me time in the morning hours. Do what’s important for you FIRST, then tackle the holiday frenzy. I like to drink a cup of tea and journal/day plan before I do anything else. You can workout, catch up on some reading, or listen to a fabulous podcast.
Got any good tips? Want to vent about your holiday stress? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.